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iHear: Low Cost Invisible Hearing Aids Calibrated Just For You

 

iHear in-the-ear hearing aid: image via ihearmedical.comiHear in-the-ear hearing aid: image via ihearmedical.comOne thing boomers learn fast: Medicare and other insurance plans don't pay for hearing aids.  And those buggers can cost up to $4,000 - $5,000 a pair.  There's perhaps no one who knows these facts better than the man who invented the Lyric hearing aid, which, on a subscription basis, cost that much per pair per year!  Now, that man, Adnan Shannib, has invented iHear, the hearing aid for the 99 percent of us who would love to hear, but can't afford those Lyric prices.  It's the iHear, and wait 'til you see what's different about these hearing aids!

 

iHear Hearing Aids: image via indiegogo.comiHear Hearing Aids: image via indiegogo.com

I won't keep you in suspense.  Like the more expensive Lyric hearing aids, the iHear aids are very small in-the-ear aids, even smaller than the Lyric, so they are extremely discreet. You can wear them in the shower (ah!) and even sleep in them (even though it's not recommended).  But, unlike the Lyric, you calibrate the iHear aids yourself.  That's right; the iHear comes with your own Hearing Test Kit so you can adjust the aids to compensate for your own particular hearing loss in each ear, sans audiologist.

 

iHear Home Hearing Test: image via indiegogo.comiHear Home Hearing Test: image via indiegogo.com

 

The iHear aids will cost more like $450 per pair and less like $4500 per pair, even including the USB device that allows you to test and calibrate your own hearing. (For the next few days you can 'contribute' to the iHear indiegogo campaign for $349 and get the same package, as well as provide a free pair of hearing aids for someone who can't afford them.)  Beyond that, the iHear people expect the costs will average about $10 a month for special hearing aid batteries and covers that you will have to purchase from the company.

Now, there are a few things you need to know before you purchase the iHear devices:

1.  The iHear is intended for those with mild to moderate hearing loss; at most, a moderate-to-severe hearing loss.  It is not intended for persons with severe or profound hearing loss.

2.  If you have ear pain accompanying a hearing loss, see a physician and/or an audiologist, who will likely test your hearing and refer you to a medical ear specialist.

3. If you have any unexplained hearing loss, see an audiologist.  

4.  If you have any of these conditions listed below from the Medical Waiver issued by iHear Medical, see your physician and do not order the iHear hearing aids until your physician agrees it is safe and/or will be helpful to you:

  • Visible deformity of the ear
  • Fluid or drainage (not earwax) from the ear within the past 90 days
  • Sudden, rapidly progressing, or changing hearing loss within the past 90 days
  • Spells of acute or chronic dizziness
  • Hearing loss on one side that worsened in the past 90 days
  • A recent or current ear infection, a plugged-up fullness feeling
  • A punctured eardrum
  • Conductive hearing loss, or air-bone gap.
  • Excessive wax buildup, or a history of excessive
  • Foreign object stuck in the ear
  • Pain or discomfort in the ear
  • Ringing in one or both ears which began or worsened in the last 90 days

I love the idea of the iHear and believe it will help many, many of the 40 million un-aided hearing loss sufferers just here in the U.S. plus millions around the world. But as a former hearing specialist, I would definitely recommend that if you don't know the source of your hearing loss, it would be well worth it to have that professionally diagnosed before ordering the iHear kit.

sources:iHear Medical, Indiegogo, via Gizmag

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